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Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies Op.110a & 118a; Weinberg: Concertino Op. 42

Shostakovich / Weinberg / Thompson
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 34313   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichMieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Candida Thompson
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD marks the silver jubilee of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Under Lev Markiz, the first artistic director, the orchestra presented numerous national and international premieres by composers including Schnittke, Shostakovich, Ustvolskaya, Pärt and Denisov. It recently presented world premieres by Gubaidulina, Mansoerjan and Vasks, as well as the west-European premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Concertino in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2009, with the present artistic director Candida Thompson as soloist. This anniversary recording features Weinberg's Concertino and two now world-famous Chamber Symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich. The three works are not only related by their musical language, but also by a lifelong friendship between Read more the two composers.

Review:

Artistic director and leader Candida Thompson’s lovely tone is a pleasure to hear. This disc offers a fine example of Shostakovich string quartets arranged for string orchestra, and of the Sinfonietta’s warm sound.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
2.
Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
3.
Concertino for Violin, Op. 42 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Candida Thompson (Violin)
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948 

Sound Samples

Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a: I. Largo
Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a: II. Allegro molto
Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a: III. Allegretto
Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a: IV. Largo
Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a: V. Largo
Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42: I. Allegretto cantabile
Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42: II. Lento, Adagio
Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42: III. Allegro moderato poco rubato
Chamber Symphony in A-Flat Major, Op. 118a: I. Andante
Chamber Symphony in A-Flat Major, Op. 118a: II. Allegro furioso
Chamber Symphony in A-Flat Major, Op. 118a: III. Adagio
Chamber Symphony in A-Flat Major, Op. 118a: IV. Allegretto - Andante

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